IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine

Issue 2 • Dec. 2017

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

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  • Disruptive Innovators [Letter from the Editor]

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  • [Masthead]

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  • 2017 IEEE WIE Committee Members

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  • Comic Relief: The Ranks of Females are Growing Among Our Colorful Heroes [Amperes: Current Affairs from Around the World]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):5 - 6
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    Hope Nicholson is passionate about comic books, and she's made a career out of being the kind of fangirl who loves comics from the 1930s as much as those published online today. Nicholson is a writer, editor, publisher, and producer dedicated to "creating spaces for stories to be told." Her company, Bedside Press, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, focuses on 1940s Canadian comic reprints as wel... View full abstract»

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  • A Graphic Look at Katherine Young: Allowing People to See Information [Amperes: Current Affairs from Around the World]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):7 - 9
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    Katherine Young will tell you that her work as a graphic artist only has the chance to influence people for one second. Much of her work is seen in passing, out of the corner of the eye-it's on Facebook and Instagram, in print magazines, on postcards, posters, or e-mail. View full abstract»

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  • Planning, Exercising, and Training for the Unimaginable: Goss Gets People Prepped [Amperes: Current Affairs from Around the World]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):9 - 11
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    Kay Goss grew up on a small family farm in Arkansas. Her father was a retired engineer, and from a young age, Goss was his assistant. She grew up driving the tractor, operating the plow, hauling hay, and riding horses. A spring and a creek, both prone to flooding, converged on the family property, which also happened to sit in the southern swath of the United States where enough tornados rip throu... View full abstract»

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  • What Social Media Really Says About You: Golbeck's Algorithms Tell the Story [Amperes: Current Affairs from Around the World]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):11 - 13
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    It's no mystery how anyone with access to your social media posts might know the ages of your children, or that you're on vacation, or even that you might be in the market for a new bed, but Jen Golbeck warns that strangers may know so much more. The power of social media, she says, is frightening, and she knows it. View full abstract»

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  • Welcome to the Jungle: Rockwell Enhances the Theme Park Experience [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Karen Rockwell may have been good at math and science as a kid, but that doesn't mean she had any interest in becoming an engineer. There was no way she was going to spend her days sitting alone behind a computer. But then her older brother set her straight. If she was looking for a career where she could work with people and help them, she needed to check out industrial engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Decisions on an Impulse: Kassalen Gets in on the Ground Level [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):15 - 17
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    The Solar Impulse 2 airplane cuts a graceful silhouette. It has a slim singleseat cockpit with two propellers on either side, all below a lanky 236-ft wing. Look at the wing from above, and you'll see the array of solar panels laid out along its top. In 2016, this solar airplane made its way around the world without fuel in 17 legs that stretched through day and night, including a five-day, five-n... View full abstract»

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  • Exploring the World: Shah is Making Amazing Things Happen [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):17 - 18
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    When Rashmi Shah was young, she spent time helping her parents, both scientists, process and catalog samples of plant matter that they had collected. This wasn't a one-time occurrence. Growing up in Nepal in a math-and-science household, science and research were a natural part of Shah's daily life, with her parents constantly encouraging her and her brother to explore the world. "Those early expe... View full abstract»

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  • Droning On: Taking to the Skies with Sally French [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):18 - 19
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    Back in eighth grade, Sally French volunteered to serve as an editor for the student newspaper. She may have been partially motivated by the chance to earn extra credit, but when the year was up, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Eventually, she went on to major in journalism at the University of Missouri. It was there that a bit of kismet came into play. She needed one credit to graduate, and t... View full abstract»

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  • The Art of Retrofitting: Moving from Market to Market [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):19 - 20
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    When we think of engineering in the aviation industry, we tend to focus on the development of new aircraft, but what about the planes that are already out there, those that could find new life with some retrofitting? Danielle Vardaro came to Boeing after earning her undergraduate degree, and she has worked as an engineer on the production and manufacturing side for years. Today, she is a director ... View full abstract»

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  • Beyond Dreams: Easter Turns to Mechatronics [Women to Watch]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):20 - 22
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    For Michelle Easter, working at NASA is such an unexpected accomplishment that when people ask her if the job is a dream come true, she says "no." "It's so unbelievable to me that I could never have even dreamed this," she explains. "I've had such a winding path that I didn't think a role like this would be possible for me." View full abstract»

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  • A Catalytic Conversion: Westcom Showcases Her Science Talents

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):24 - 25
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    Twenty-three-year-old Alayna Westcom stood onstage in a white dress with a blue atom emblem, blue shoes, and lab glasses. On a table covered by a white tablecloth, she added hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide to a little soap and then stepped back to watch. "Don't try this at home," she teased as white foam erupted onto the stage. It was a catalytic decomposition reaction that goes by the nick... View full abstract»

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  • The Space Between: Exploring the Limits of Human Performance

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):26 - 28
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    When Alison Sheets-Singer was a young gymnast in Maryland, her coach, Steve Cornelison, held his day job with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Cornelison held a Ph.D. degree in physics and was often executing calculations focused on improving his gymnasts? performances. She may not have understood much about it at the time, but Sheets-Singer knew that whatever it was that he was working out on p... View full abstract»

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  • The Fresh Princess: Cornelius Sets Out to Empower Youth

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):29 - 30
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    Mercedes Cornelius was the kind of child who ended up in the principal's office once in a while-but at the same time she was smart. She loved to read and spent hours at the library finding every reason she could to stay there, even working there for a time. She was very good at arguing, and so, when people told her that intelligent people often become doctors or lawyers, she decided she would beco... View full abstract»

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  • A Seal of Approval: Rothman Put to the Test at Good Housekeeping Labs

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):31 - 33
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    It was a sunny day in July 2017 when the team at the Good Housekeeping Institute in New York City was performing the testing of toys. The lab was covered in stuffed animals, remote-controlled gadgets, and other fun new products that the team would evaluate for a variety of criteria before bringing in children to do the real "testing." And while Rachel Rothman's job as chief technologist overseeing... View full abstract»

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  • Explorer in Residence: Heinerth Tackles a Crazy Hybrid of Activities

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):34 - 37
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    In 2000, when an iceberg the size of Jamaica broke free from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, cave diver Jill Heinerth and her team decided they wanted to find a way inside of it. They imagined an iceberg as a growing, shifting entity full of cracks and fissures, with conduits like veins beneath the ice, and that is just what they found. In addition, where the iceberg lodged on the seafloor, unde... View full abstract»

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  • Facing Office Issues By Looking Inward: Strategies for Managing Career Blunders [Career Advisor]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):38 - 39
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    What really prevents women in today's workplace from succeeding? Improving one's skills is only a single component. According to Elizabeth Lions, mastering the self is key. Managing thoughts and perceptions opens the door to avoiding pitfalls that women fall into and the knee-jerk reactions to things that happen in the office, which can unfortunately prevent a raise or promotion. View full abstract»

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  • Chill Music: Gruenbaum is Changing the Way Music is Played [Pipelining: Attractive Programs for Women]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):40 - 42
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    Technology has been used to drive innovation in music for decades, enabling everything from the creation of new sounds and instruments to wider access to different types of music, thanks to the advent of digital recording technology. Leon Gruenbaum knows this intersection of music and technology well, having invented his own instrument, the samChillian, in 1988 and more recently working with Joe W... View full abstract»

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  • Youth Leading Youth: Fighting for the Environment [Pipelining: Attractive Programs for Women]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):42 - 44
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    By the time Charles Orgbon III was in college at the University of Georgia, he was running Greening Forward, an environmental organization led by young people for young people. If you get youth leaders involved in substantive ways, Orgbon believes, you are not only addressing environmental issues but also the large racial diversity deficit that exists within the environmental movement. View full abstract»

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  • A Collaborative Learning Culture: Preparing K-12 Teachers for STEM Success [Pipelining: Attractive Programs for Women]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):44 - 46
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    After teaching elementary and middle school science and art for just under a decade, Wendy Binder was looking for a challenge. With her unusual combination of bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry, a master's of science in education, and experience teaching at the elementary school level, she first found career success as a curriculum developer for the National Science Resources Center, a jo... View full abstract»

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  • Blending the Concrete and the Creative: Keeping up with the Bekeys [Pipelining: Attractive Programs for Women]

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):46 - 55
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    It's becoming more common, though still far from standard, to see women following their fathers' paths in the corporate world. Think of Abigail Johnson, now chief executive of vast Fidelity Investments, which her father founded, or film director Sophia Coppola, who followed her father Francis Ford Coppola to Hollywood. That path may be even more narrow in technology research but not in the case of... View full abstract»

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Karen Panetta
Tufts University